Saving Dinah illustrates for viewers how far a person will go to save an animal. So after reading about them in the Times Colonist, it seemed prudent to contact Joan Douglas from Cats Cradle Animal Rescue, a group in the Capital Regional District of BC, working to rescue, rehabilitate, spay / neuter, and re-home distressed, abandoned, or neglected cats and dogs considered un-adoptable by reason of health, age, appearance, or temperament.
Like most cities these days, cats are being discarded at an alarming rate, leaving concerned citizens to help these cats as best they can. Below is an amazing story of a recent Cats Cradle foster kitten – amazing because of what a little cat can endure and to what lengths a group will go for a rescue. This is our kind of group!
Thank you, Cats Cradle! Keep up the great work!
The Story of Hook
Friday, December 28, 2012
We have a tiny kitten, Hook, who is a really underdeveloped tiny runt of one of our recent litters. Cute as anything, lively and active but he has a serious problem and is right now at Central Victoria Vet Clinic where his foster mom, Carla, took him last night. Hook is obstipated, which is basically obstructed and they are giving him an ongoing dose of stool softener through a tube in his nose to his stomach. He is too small for surgery to remove the blockage and the main concern is that because he is such a runt that there is some problem with his motility ie his bowels do not move the way they should. If this little guy does not clear the blockage in the next couple of days, we are likely going to have to make the decision to euthanize him so he doesn’t suffer. Please think lots of positive thoughts and throw a prayer in there too for this brave little kitten. He is so damn cute and such a fighter. More to come as things develop.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Hook, and for those interested, he is rather aptly named as he has a distinct “hook” at the end of his tail, came home to foster mom Carla last night. He was discharged from Central Victoria as his colon had “cleared out” but there is still some serious concerns as to his ability to actually move material through his colon. He is eating well and seems just fine but Carla says he hasn’t pooped yet (since last evening). Today could tell us a lot. He is on medication and the problem is to get the right amount of medication into such a tiny body. If he doesn’t poop today, we are going to take him back to Central Victoria for a couple of days to see if they can get the meds adjusted so he can use the box. It all comes down to whether he has function in his colon and if he does, the medication will help increase that function. If he has no function in his colon, then there is nothing there for the medication to increase. Carla and I both feel strongly that there is some function there as he lived, after weaning, for three weeks with no problems and there is no way he could have survived for three weeks with no pooping. Apparently, before they are weaned, they can. We just have to really, really hope that he hasn’t lost whatever function he has. Carla saw the x-rays and told me his colon was many, many times wider than it should be (from what she was told). Anyway, a bit of a waiting game for this brave little guy. It was so funny when he got to Carla’s place, she put him down and off he toddled down the hallway to get some food. When it wasn’t there, he toddled back and started squawking loudly (for him) at Carla. He sure is cute. Fingers and toes crossed for him.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
The little guy has pooped! Carla phoned me excitedly yesterday to let me know that Hook had diarrhea and when she squeezed his tummy, out came some poop! Gross I know, but we were very excited and happy. It made my New Year’s Day! Now we just have to adjust the meds so he doesn’t have loose poop.
This morning another message from Carla, he actually went to the box and pooped and not as runny as yesterday. Much joy in both Carla’s and my households! Seldom has a little guy’s bowel movements caused such joy!
He is not entirely out of the woods yet because he is so undersized, we are not sure if he has other problems, but we are hopeful and this one hurdle anyway seems to be on the way to being overcome.
Will keep you updated. Try not to read this at the dinner table. Ooops, too late, hope you enjoyed your dinner…….